Karnataka’s new CM B S Yeddyurappa chaired his first cabinet meeting with him as the only member and approved a farm loan waiver for Karnataka’s farmers. The newly appointed Chief Minister told the media that details of the waiver will be provided in a day or two.
Yeddyurappa takes oath:
BJP legislature party leader B S Yeddyurappa was today sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka for a second time, after an overnight high-voltage legal battle in the Supreme Court.
The 75-year-old Lingayat strongman was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Vajubhai Vala at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan amid loud cheering by his supporters.
Yeddyurappa was administered the oath alone, hours after the Supreme Court refused to stay his swearing-in.
In a rare post-midnight courtroom battle, the Congress-JD(S) combine made a desperate legal push to stall the government formation.
Yeddyurappa has 15 days to prove his majority in the Assembly.
The BJP has 104 MLAs in the House, eight short of the magic figure of 112.
Polling was held in 222 of the state’s 224 seats.
Election to the Jayanagar seat was countermanded following the death of the BJP candidate, while polling was deferred to May 28 for R R Nagar seat due to alleged electoral malpractices.
Congress calls Governor’s decision unconstitutional:
In a petition filed late on Wednesday night after Governor Vala invited Yeddyurappa to form the government in Karnataka, the Congress and the JD(S) called the Governor’s decision “unconstitutional” and demanded a stay on Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in ceremony.
No stay on Yeddyurappa swearing-in: The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stall the swearing-in of BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa as Karnataka’s new Chief Minister.
The court, however, said that the swearing-in is subject to the final outcome of the matter before it.
The bench headed by Justice A K Sikri has directed further hearing of the matter at 10.30 am on Friday.
Court demands letters sent by the BJP to the governor:
A three-judge bench, comprising justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, asked the Attorney General K K Venugopal to produce the letters sent by Yeddyurappa to the Karnataka Governor.
‘Biggest license to poaching’: Arguing on behalf of the Congress and JD(S), Singhvi told the bench that the governor has negated democracy by not calling the alliance commanding majority in Karnataka.
“It is the biggest license to poaching if the governor gives 15 days to BJP to prove majority as in earlier such cases 48 hours were given by SC,” Singhvi said.
He said the BJP has 104 MLAs and Governor invited B S Yeddyurappa to form govt in “unconstitutional manner”, even as JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy along with the Congress has 116 MLAs supporting him.
Mukul Rohatgi defends Karnataka Governor:
Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi defended Karnataka Governor’s decision to administer oath to Yeddyurappa on Thursday morning at the Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru.
“Governor has discretion to call largest party and he has done so. If single largest party won’t be able to form government, other party will be called. In case of Goa elections, single largest party Congress had not presented its side, that’s the difference,” said Rohatgi, who is appearing for BJP in the hearing of the petition filed by Congress and JD(S) challenging the Governor’s decision.
Youth Congress protests against BJP, Karnataka Governor:
The youth wing of the Congress on Wednesday staged a protest outside Parliament House against the Centre and the decision of the Karnataka Governor to invite Yeddyurappa for government formation.
Youth Congress workers gathered outside Parliament and raised slogans against the government as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi.